Archives For A Moment of Mindfulness

from cuba with loveWe were sitting on a patio in downtown Havana Cuba waiting for our mojitos to arrive. A cuban five piece band played. The air was filled with music, sunshine and the wide eyed wonderment of a thousand tourists.

It was hot. Not that we were complaining. Back home in toronto canada it was the deepend of winter. Average temps of -20 degrees Celsius with enough snow to throw out your back from shoveling the white fluffy stuff.

So as the cuban music played we sat back soaking it all in. The sun, the breeze and the moment.

Life is all about the experiences we have. Those million little moments that make up life. Sharing them with people we love makes it all that much better.

Buddhists have an interesting take on life. And in the Tibetan tradition they remind themselves daily that they are lucky to have this day – that tomorrow may never come. With that type of awareness they pour themselves into the experience of the present. They infuse the moment with joy, helpfulness and the reminder to soak it all in. To not worry about the past and fret about the future.

It’s a mindset that we tap into a little easier when we’re on vacation. Everything’s new, fresh and exciting. But the minute we touch down in our hometowns we quickly slip back into our routines. Into the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

But we can bring the magic back into everything that we’re doing by touching the present fully with our awareness.

Like right now – I’m writing this post on my blackberry – sitting on the back porch while I sip my coffee. The sun is shining, there’s a cool easternly breeze blowing, the neighbors kids are chatting away next door, the birds are singing their spring songs and a big muscle car has just rolled down the street.

Life is beautiful.

I’m thinking about how lucky I am. I’m thinking of you – that I hope these words touch you in some way. That they remind you to come back to the moment. To breathe it in fully. And to give thanks for everything that you have.

Because there’s magic happening right now in your life. It may not be over-the-top earth shattering awesomeness but it’s there. Hiding in plain sight. All you got to do is notice it.

Ian

a moment of mindfulnessThe first time I heard this saying my whole world stopped. It was as if all the wisdom of the universe had been squeezed and squished into three little sentences.

These three lines have changed my life. So much so that I’m going to get them tattooed on my forearm. A life mark so to speak. A subtle reminder of the wisdom and the power that sleeps within each and every one of us.

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.”
The Buddha

This post is part of Monday morning series called “Moment of Mindfulness”. If you enjoyed it you’ll probably love “The Tao of Abundance: 101 Prosperity Meditations To Supercharge Your Wealth Consciousness.

a moment of mindfulness

So I’m starting up a new series here on the site. It’s called A Moment of Mindfulness. It’ll run every Monday. I’ll be sharing Tao and Zen type moments of truth. My hope is that these posts will inspire and help you find a moment of mindfulness within all the seemingly mad-moments of life.

To start I figured why not share a meditation from my book, The Tao of Abundance.

The wisdom of the Tao is timeless. Cultures and people throughout time have found inspiration from it’s teachings. Lao-Tzu the author of the Tao-Te-Ching was once asked what makes the Tao so valuable? He answered, “Why is the tao so valuable? Because it is everywhere, and everyone can use it.”

It is my hope that this will find you wherever you are, inspire you in some way, and that in some shape or form you will be able to use it in your life.

Ian

ONE

Before manifestation
There is pure potentiality
Before potential there is power
A supreme presence
Resting in itself
It’s been called
A million names
Love, abundance, supreme-bliss
But for now let’s call it Joy
For to be in Joy
Is to be in Love
And love and joy is what
All the world seeks
But the wise know
To look within first
For the seed of all creation
Sleeps within
And joy is what gives it life
It’s been said that God
Is Joy
That’s why all the world
Is Driven by it
So be in Joy
and you’ll be in Love
Then you’ll touch
The Power
Of your own
Pure Potential

The Tao of Abundance